by Jethrene Cagoco

Our first meal of the day

Breakfast is the meal you should be eating first at the start of the day.

We should eat breakfast because:

  1. They are good sources of nutrition, essential for you to be able to function properly for the rest of the day.
  2. Cognitive function - breakfast restores glucose levels, as studies shows, breakfast can improve memory, concentration levels and also improves our moods and lower stress levels.
  3. It is also good in the long run. It can reduce obesity, high bloods pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

A few factors that would influence what we eat for breakfast could be our cultures and their traditional foods for breakfast, our diets, what we particularly like and our moods. Sometimes we wake up to craving pancakes and toast.

Here is a list of the top 10 foods usually eaten for breakfast:

  1. Scrambled eggs
  2. Biscuits and gravy
  3. Bacon
  4. Croissant
  5. Doughnuts
  6. Cereal
  7. Pancakes
  8. Oatmeal
  9. Fresh fruit
  10. Bagels

Interesting breakfast facts:

  • The average person sits down to breakfast at 7.31am during the week and 8.28 am at the weekend
  • The nation’s favourite breakfast is a cooked breakfast, followed by porridge, breakfast cereal and then toast

  • The breakfast foods we are most likely to eat during the week are wholegrain cereal (37%) followed by toast with spread (32%) and then porridge (27%)
  • The most popular place to eat breakfast is at home at the table, either alone or with other members of the household, followed by on the sofa
  • Taste, speed, filling, quick to prepare and health, are the most important factors when it comes to breakfast.
  • There is a growing trend for eating breakfast out of the home.